Sunday, February 7, 2010

Texting on the Brain





 
My mother grew up in San Marcos, Texas, on the cusp of the Hill Country.  She's got a lot of stories about life 'back when'.  But the best thing about growing up in the hills is that it gave her a forge-ahead spirit.

She and Dad came to visit a few weeks ago. Mom sat in the kitchen for a few hours learning how to do text messages on her new cell phone.  

That's one reason she's still a force at 84 years old.

Not the texting, per se.  More the habit of life-long learning.  Computer, digital photography, doing Silver Sneakers exercise class, leading a neighborhood group.  Every new activity grows her brain.  New dendrites which will make connections when old ones don't.  

This time her bonus is keeping up with her grandchildren and great-grandchildren.  A bonus for the whole family.

She's my example of how to live a good life over time.  Stay active.  Keep learning.  Be positive.  Keep in touch. 

I wonder what would happen if we all took up something new.  Learned to knit, or dance or do yoga, play an instrument, speak a foreign language, write the stories of our lives.  Something we haven't done before, something to expand our worlds and grow our minds.  

For happiness and competence at 84, and beyond.

Words and photos by Kathleen Scott,for her blog Hill Country Mysteries. Copyright 2009-2010.
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